Smithsonian Chamber Music Society audiences are privy to the unparalleled experience of being able to hear two magnificent quartets of instruments—one made by Antonio Stradivari, the other by his teacher Nicolo Amati—in this popular three-concert series. Tonight, the Axelrod Quartet members have chosen to present one of Haydn’s Op. 74 quartets, a Beethoven quartet, and a Romantic-period work.
Come experience why Beethoven’s contemporary, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, described listening to string quartets as equivalent to “eavesdropping on a conversation among four intelligent people.” You are certain to find the dialogue fascinating.
Haydn: Quartet in G Minor, Op. 74, No. 3
Beethoven: Quartet in A Major, Op. 18, No. 5
Brahms: Quartet in C Minor, Op. 51, No. 1
Program, location, and artists subject to change.
This concert is also offered on Sunday, May 6, 2012 as part of the Axelrod String Quartet Sunday series.